The Book of Exodus - Scholars
date the Exodus at about the 14th century BCE. In Exodus Chapter 13, verses 21 - 22, as Moses leads the children
of Israel out of Egypt toward Mount Sanai and the Promise Land, '.... the Lord went before them by day in a pilar cloud, to
lead them the way; and by night in a pilar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night.'
Second Book of Kings - In Chapter
2, the prophet Elijah - who lived around 900 BCE - crosses the River Jordan with his son Elisha; in verse 11, 'it came to
pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them
both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.'
Book of Ezekiel - This Hebrew prophet
was a captive of Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, and was transported to Mesopotamia (Iraq) in 597 BCE. On four occasions
he had visions! these object's are a form of transportation wich God uses to transpot being's from heaven to earth.
These are recounted in Chapters 1, 8, 10, and 43.
The first description reads in part as follows: 'A whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself,
and a brightness was about it, and out of the mist thereof as the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire.'
Ezekiel (1: 16-18): The wheels sparkled like topaz, and they
were all alike: in form and working they were like a wheel inside a wheel, and when they moved in any of the four directions
they never swerved their course. All four had hubs and each hub had a projection which had the power of sight, and the rims
of the wheels were full of eyes all around.
Ezekiel (1:28): I saw what looked like fire with encircling
radiance. Like a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day was the sight of that encircling radiance; it was like the appearance
of the glory of the Lord.